Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2012 22:06 UTC
Legal "If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider has been watching, and they're coming for you. Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12. That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials." One day, years from now, historians are going to debate whether this was the point of no return.
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RE[3]: Comment by darkcoder
by Alfman on Sun 18th Mar 2012 03:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by darkcoder"
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"deep packet inspection is mostly snake-oil and it certainly won't work in the ISP core networks."

I am interested in hearing your reason for saying this.

"This would require existing equipment to not use the switching ASIC's and instead process every single packet on their main CPU. Anyone who has ever seen a hardware router process packets on the main CPU would not ever recommend this course of action. In short, it dies."

Well I'm not sure what the limits are of *existing* ISP network equipment, but we don't really know that they won't be purchasing new equipment specially for this purpose.

A cpu based monitor would be one implementation. If we were to take the idea seriously, I think a highly optimized dual core 3ghz system should be able to handle a gigabit feed with up to 36000*2 cycles per packet, and it's possible that not all packets will be scanned (http/email/etc). The scheme does not strike me as infeasible.

I also think a specialized ASIC would work too, and they could easily run in parallel.

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